The Vancouver cat café has shuttered its doors until Friday, January 8, but for a good reason.
Catfé, the café where you can cuddle with a cat and get an espresso at the same time, has adopted all their resident kitties and need to wait for more to arrive before they can open again.
“We haven’t been able to keep enough cats in the café at a time,” owner Michelle Furbacher told Vancity Buzz.
She said it partially stems from the holidays. Most of the cats in the café come from Northern B.C., and poor road conditions along with holiday hours have prevented Furbacher from being able to keep a full stock of kitties.
And while there are many adoptable cats in Metro Vancouver, Catfé is specifically partnered with the SPCA, leaving them out of luck for the moment. A new shipment of cats is expected to arrive this Thursday, allowing the café to reopen on Friday.
“We do have a couple cats in at the moment,” admits Furbacher.
“Two of them are quite shy and I felt remaining open for a bunch of people to hang out with these two cats, it might too overwhelming for those cats.”
Furbacher aims to have anywhere from eight to 12 cats in the café at any given time, but the number may fluctuate depending on adoption rates and new arrivals.
While closing the shop isn’t ideal, she notes it’s for a good reason.
“There is a good side to it, which is that all these cats have been able to find homes, and I’m really excited about that,” said Furbacher.
She said they’re working with the SPCA to get a more regular shipment of cats in since this adoption model is proving to be so successful.
Furbacher wants to remind people who are desperate for some kitty love that several other organizations are seeking homes for cats:
Catfé has only been open three weeks and has been wildly popular among cat-loving Vancouverites. Admission with purchase of a beverage starts at $5, but if you just want to pet some cats, you’ll have to pay $8.